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MavisEnderby Wed 08-Jun-11 01:45:34

Think spelling is right!

I love these,they smell lovely,attract the butterflies and arfe pretty.My mum says they grow in most conditions,but can get a bit wayward.

I have a rather dark corner of my garden.I want to plant one in memory of dp (almost a year since he died) but don't want it to overrun the garden,so my question is,is there such a thing as a "dwarf" variety?One that would not take over the garden?and if so where can I get one???

Many thankssmile

cuppateaplease Wed 08-Jun-11 09:38:23

thompson & morgan have developed dwarf buddleias -called Buzz - but these are more for pots or v small gardens. Have recently bought 3 - one of each colour - but too early to tell how big they will get.
however regular pruning of normal buddlieas will keep them contained - they can be cut back each spring - although still expect them to put on about 6 foot of growth each year. They can give a spectacular show of flowers and the butterflies love them.
However a dark corner won't get the best out of the buddleia - the plant and the butterflies will much prefer a sunnier position.
sorry to hear about DP - did he particlularly like buddleias/butterflies?

MavisEnderby Wed 08-Jun-11 20:18:44

Thanks cuppa.He was a keen gardener and spent time in the garden.Its me that is the butterfly fan smile

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 08-Jun-11 20:49:15

Our normal one does pretty well against a north facing 6' fence, I cut it back hard every spring and it grows up into branches about 8' high every year, covered in flowers, lovely. Doesn't get any "wider" particularly, takes up less than a metre of border at it's biggest. The main thing is the spring pruning, sounds as though it would be a lovely memorial.

Carrotsandcelery Wed 08-Jun-11 20:52:21

We have one and cut it back hard every year too - that keeps it growing thick and bushy rather than tall and straggly too I think. I it doesn't overrun our garden at all.

Ours is on a mainly sunny border though.

AMumInScotland Wed 08-Jun-11 20:57:53

We put in a "Pixie Blue" Buddleia last suimmer link here - it is meant to stop at 4ft wide and 4ft high, without having to be cut back. I can't promise it really stays that small as we haven't had it long enough, but it looks good do far.

MavisEnderby Wed 08-Jun-11 20:59:06


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 11-Jun-11 22:25:39

I remember your earlier thread, Mavis, about knocking the garden into shape. How are you doing?

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